Around 200 Afghan refugees look beyond the horizon toward Spin Boldak in their country’s south, waiting to return home from Pakistan, from trucks filled with carpets, bedding, clothes, and even goats.
Thousands have been desperately trying to exit Afghanistan, with chaotic photographs surfacing from the Kabul airport, fearful of another period of harsh rule following the Taliban’s swift takeover following the US force pullout.
Some families, however, wish to return to Afghanistan, believing that the Taliban would bring stability to the war-torn country.
While waiting at the border, Molavi Shaib told AFP, “We emigrated from Afghanistan during bombing and hardships when Muslims were in trouble, but now, thanks be to Allah, the situation is normal, so we are returning to Afghanistan.”
The mountainous frontier separating Spin Boldak and Chaman in Pakistan’s southwest is divided by a 10-foot-deep trench covered with barbed wire, and thousands of people pass the trade route every day.
As more people attempt to flee Taliban rule, Pakistan has increased border security, making the procedure more difficult.
“People want to return but are unable to cross the border; we appeal that the Pakistani government allow us to do so because there is no conflict and peace has been established,” Muhammad Nabi remarked.
“We have our entire family, including women and children, ready to cross the border.” Since the first wave of war broke out in Afghanistan over 40 years ago, Pakistan has harboured over two million Afghan refugees, with numbers changing depending on the intensity of the violence, but the country has stated that it is unable to take in any more.
Afghans who have been displaced for a long time have complained about feeling unwelcome and having limited access to jobs and citizenship privileges.
Many have become pawns in a diplomatic blame game between countries accusing one another of supporting extremist groups. Islamabad has long been regarded as a safe haven for the Taliban, and it may be one of the few countries with close relations to Kabul
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